Daniel joined Watsi on July 25th, 2013. 82 other people also joined Watsi on that day! Daniel's most recent donation traveled 4,400 miles to support Daniel, a newborn baby from Tanzania, to fund hydrocephalus treatment.
Daniel has funded healthcare for 5 patients in 4 countries.
Daniel is a one-month-old baby boy from Tanzania, the second born in a family of two children. Both parents are involved with small-scale farming. They grow maize and beans, which they sell and also leave some for food for their family. They shared that they have a big challenge of cultivating enough due to elephants destroying their crops even before they are ready for harvest and also some seasons don't get enough rain. Daniel has been diagnosed with hydrocephalus, a condition in which excess cerebrospinal fluid accumulates in the brain and increases intracranial pressure. As a result of his condition, Daniel has been experiencing an increasing head circumference. Without treatment, Daniel will experience severe physical and developmental delays. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $765 to cover the cost of surgery for Daniel that will treat his hydrocephalus. The procedure is scheduled to take place on September 16th and will drain the excess fluid from Daniel's brain. This will reduce intracranial pressure and greatly improve his quality of life. With proper treatment, Daniel will hopefully develop into a strong, healthy young boy. Daniel’s mother says, “Please help correct our baby’s condition, we are unable to afford the treatment cost."
Mbegesi is nine-year-old student from Tanzania and the second born in a family if three children. His parents are small-scale farmers with very limited income. Mbegesi has clubfoot of both feet. Clubfoot is a condition in which the foot is twisted out of shape. This causes difficulty walking and even wearing shoes. Fortunately, Mbegesi traveled to visit our medical partner's care center, Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. There, surgeons will perform clubfoot repair surgery on March 6th. Our medical partner, African Mission Healthcare Foundation, is requesting $890 to fund Mbegesi's clubfoot repair. After treatment, he will be able to walk easily. Mbegesi’s father says, “His age mates are ahead in school. I would love to see him be able to walk like other normal children and be able to study with ease."
Natukunda is a mother of three with a history of having had three previous emergency c-sections in 2003, 2005, and 2009. Since 2009 she had been on family planning. She stopped family planning a few months ago and got pregnant. This pregnancy has been very challenging as she has morning sickness and feels very weak. Even simple tasks at home like washing is a burden. This has made her have a poor quality of life. She was advised to deliver via caesarean section for the prevention of complications like a uterine rupture. Natukunda has one sibling who operates a small scale retail shop in Kampala. Both Natukunda and her husband are primary teachers and she says her she has a lot of dependents. She can’t afford the costs for her surgery she needs SAFE programs support. Natukunda says, “I will be extremely humbled having a successful surgery, a live baby and continue with my teaching and supporting my family.”
Ko is a 19-year-old from Burma. He has seven siblings who are all studying in different schools in Burma. As for Ko, he was able to attend school only up to third grade because he needed to help his father in their farm. In March 2019, Ko started to have pain in his left lower abdomen as well as in his back. The pain sometimes is bearable but it becomes severe, especially when he lifted heavy things. He also passed cloudy urine and he frequently needed to urinate. He went to a clinic in his village and he received oral medication, which only helped him for a short period of time. When his symptoms returned, the medic at the clinic advised him to go into town for further investigation. Ko then visited a private clinic where he had an x-ray. The result revealed a stone in his ureter. Although the doctor advised him to go to Yangon for further treatment, Ko did not go to Yangon because he did not have money. Currently, Ko has pain in left side his lower abdomen and back. It is difficult for him to urinate and he experiences burning urination. Fortunately, he was connected with Burma Children Medical Fund (BCMF) to receive further treatment at Mae Sot Hospital. Ko said, “When I am fully recovered, I can help my father again to bring in income for our family."
Eremon is 14-year-old boy from the northernmost region of Kenya. Eremon has a deformity in one leg, called a "knock knee," which makes his leg angle inward and causes pain and limited mobility. A $1,000 corrective leg surgery will repair Eremon's knee and restore him to physical shape that will allow him to walk, run, and increase his balance. Our partner, CURE International, writes, "Our hope is that Eremon will finally be able to walk without pain." Let's help Eremon get this surgery so he can live a normal, active life!